Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 20, 2022

photo: Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-5 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, DSL Cardinals RF Jose Suarez, was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Other standouts include Grant Black, Miguel Vargas, Jose Davila and Tommy Jew.

Results from games played Friday, August 19.

Memphis 0 at Gwinnett 1

The Memphis Redbirds took their fourth consecutive loss as they were blanked by the Stripers in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel on Friday night. Spot starter Grant Black pitched four innings and gave up just one run on one hit, struck out two and walked one. Black suffered his second loss of the season.

Grant Black

Johan Quezada relieved Black and threw two scoreless innings. Zack Thompson hurled a scoreless seventh. Ryan Loutos tossed a scoreless eighth.

The only run of the game was scored by Gwinnett on a ground out in the second inning.

On the base paths, Kramer Robertson stole three bases. Scott Hurst and Delvin Perez each swiped a bag but the offense couldn’t come up with a timely hit. Memphis scattered four hits, was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. The Stripers similarly had only four hits.

Memphis is 58-56 on the season and is in fourth place in the International League West, 10.5 games back of first place Nashville.

Saturday’s game:  at Gwinnett, Tommy Parsons RHP (8-3, 4.74) vs. Bryce Elder RHP (6-4, 4.65) 5:05 CT.

Springfield 1, Arkansas 15

The Springfield Cardinals were walloped by the Travelers in s 15-1 blowout on Friday night at Hammons Field. Starter Gordon Graceffo pitched 2 2/3 innings, gave up five runs on five hits, struck out two and walked three. Graceffo took the loss, his fourth at Double-A.

Michael YaSenka relieved Graceffo and surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Griffin Roberts had a rough night, allowing six runs in 2/3 of an inning. Gianluca Dalatri relinquished two runs in two innings of relief. Position player Irving Lopez got the final out of the ninth.

Springfield scored their only run of the game in the first inning. Mike Antico was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. Masyn Winn advanced Antico to third on a ground out, and Antico scored on a sac fly by Jordan Walker.

Arkansas took the lead in the second with three runs. The Travelers went on to add two runs in the third, two in the sixth, six in the seventh, and one each in the eighth and ninth innings for a final score of 15-1.

Matt Koperniak

The Cardinal offense had one run on five hits. Matt Koperniak was 2-for-4. The only extra base hit was a double by Nick Raposo. Walker and Brady Whalen had the other two hits, both singles.

On the base paths, Antico stole his 20th base. In the field, Dalatri made an error on a pickoff. Koperniak had an outfield assist at second base.

Springfield is 22-21 in the second half and is in second place in the Texas League North, 6 games back of first place Wichita.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Kyle Leahy RHP (8-7, 6.09) vs. Emerson Hancock RHP (5-3, 2.19) 6:35 p.m. CT

Peoria 6, Quad Cities 10 (11 innings)

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the River Bandits in a 10-6 extra innings contest at Dozer Park on Friday night. Starter Diorys Rodriguez pitched four innings, gave up two runs on six hits, fanned seven and walked two.

Chris Roycroft

Reliever Chris Roycroft threw three scoreless innings. Andre Granillo surrendered one run in two innings. Extra innings relief let the Chiefs down. Leonardo Taveras relinquished six runs, four earned, in the 10th. Levi Prater allowed one run in the 11th. Taveras took the loss.

Quad Cities went 2-0 in the third inning. In the sixth, Peoria scored their first run on a solo home run by Tommy Jew.

The Chiefs tied the game in the eighth. Jew singled, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Jacob Buchberger plated Jew on a single.

The River Bandits scored one in the top of the ninth to lead 3-2, but the Chiefs rallied to tie it 3-3 in the home half of the ninth on Francisco Hernandez’ solo home run.

Quad Cities blew past Peoria with six runs in the top of the 11th. Peoria scored two in the bottom of the 11th but could not rally for more. The runs came home on a double by L.J, Jones, and a single by Tyler Reichenborn.

Tommy Jew

Jew went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jones was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

On the base paths, Noah Mendlinger stole his seventh base of the season. Jew swiped two bags for 25 on the season.

Peoria is 20-26 in the second half and is in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 8 games back of first place South Bend.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, RHP Inohan Paniagua (1-1, 3.32) vs. Beck Way RHP (1-2, 4.60) 6:35 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 3 (Game 1)

The Cardinals lost to the Mighty Mussels in the first game of a twin bill on Friday. This was the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, stopped by rain in the third inning.

Thursday starter Yonael Dominguez pitched two innings, gave up two runs on five hits and struck out one. On Friday, Jose Davila took over for Dominguez and pitched six innings, surrendered one run on one hit, struck out three and walked two. Roy Garcia relieved Davila and tossed a scoreless ninth. Dominguez took the loss.

Jose Davila

Fort Myers scored one run in the first inning and a second run in the second to take a 2-0 lead. The Beach Birds answered in the home half of the second with a solo home run by Thomas Francisco.

The Mighty Mussels plated their third and last run of the game in the eighth.

Francisco was 2-for3 with an RBI. The only other Palm Beach hit was a double by Michael Curialle.

On the base paths, Joshua Baez stole his first base and was caught stealing for the first time.

In the field, Leonardo Bernal made a throwing error.

Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 8 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Mighty Mussels in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Friday night. Fresh off the injured list, starter Alex Cornwell pitched two scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out two.

Bryan Pope relieved Cornwell and surrendered four runs, three earned, in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Pope took the loss, his third. New Beach Birds reliever Omar Sanchez allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Luis Jimenez relinquished two runs in the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Beach Birds logged their sole run in the first inning. Joshua Baez singled and stole second base. R.J. Yeager plated Baez on a single.

Fort Myers tied the game at 1-1 in the third. The Mighty Mussels added three runs in the fifth, and two runs each in the sixth and seventh.

The Cardinals offense scored one run on three hits. In addition to the Baez and Yeager singles, Brody Moore also singled. The offense was 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.

On the base paths, Baez stole his second base of the season. Victor Scott stole his seventh base.

In the field, Thomas Francisco made a throwing error. Alex Iadisernia had an outfield assist at second base. Jimmy Crooks had a passed ball.

Palm Beach is 24-22 in the second half and is in second place in the FSL East, 1.5 games back of first place St. Lucie.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Trent Baker RHP (7-7, 3.33) vs. TBA 5:00 CT.

FCL Cardinals 2 at FCL Astros Blue 1 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Florida Complex League Cardinals topped the Astros Blue in a one run contest at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday morning. Starter Ian Bedell pitched one scoreless inning with two hits allowed and one strikeout. Bedell is pitching in a rehab assignment from Peoria.

Ljay Newsome, who is also rehabbing but from Memphis, relieved Bedell and pitched one scoreless inning. Three 2022 draft picks pitched next. Tanner Jacobson tossed a scoreless inning. D.J. Carpenter surrendered one run in the fourth. Hunter Hayes threw one scoreless inning and Randel Clemente added the final two scoreless innings. Newsome received the win. Clemente earned his second save.

The Cardinals scored the first of their two runs in the third inning on a solo home run by Javier Bolivar. In the top of the fourth, Brandon Hernandez singled, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch for the Cardinals’ second and last run of the game.

The Astros Blue plated their only run in the home half of the fourth. Neither team scored in the final innings.

Brandon Hernandez

Hernandez was 2-for-3 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

On the base paths, Hernandez stole his third base of the season. In the field, Hernandez made a throwing error. Bedell picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 24-27 on the season and are in fifth place in the FSL East and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. FCL Astros Orange, TBA vs. TBA 9:00 am CT.

FCL Cardinals at FCL Astros Blue (Game 2, cancelled)

The second game of a scheduled doubleheader between the Cardinals and the Astros Blue was cancelled due to rain. The game was to be the completion of a suspended game from July 22.

DSL Cardinals 8, DSL Texas Blue 7

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals edged the Texas Blue in an 8-7 contest on Friday morning. Starter Nelfy Ynfante pitched four scoreless innings, allowed four hits, struck out two and walked one.

Nelfy Ynfante

Jovi Galvez relieved Ynfante and surrendered three runs without recording an out. Yordy Herrera threw two scoreless innings. Samuel Fabian allowed four runs, three earned, in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Bruno Lopez tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, his fourth.

The game began with the Cardinals scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-run long ball by Jose Suarez. In the third, Miguel Vargas hit a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Miguel Vargas

Texas got on the board in the fifth with three runs to cut the lead to 4-3. Texas Blue tied the game 4-4 in the seventh.

In the home half of the seventh, the Cardinals moved ahead 5-4 on a solo home run by Suarez. The lead was temporary as Texas came back to score three in the top of the eighth.

Jose Suarez

The Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs to retake the lead once more at 8-7, a lead that they kept. The runs scored on a two-run triple by Elias Reynoso and a double by Anyelo Encarnacion.

Suarez went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Vargas was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Reynoso had two RBI.

On the base paths, Carlos Carmona was picked off and caught stealing. Yaisel Ramos and Vargas were also caught stealing.

In the field, Maikel Hernandez and Alejandro Loaiza each had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 32-24 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL South, 5.5 games back of the Rockies. As the season winds down, the Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Giants Orange, TBA vs TBA 10:00 am CT

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